Helmet Laboratory Testing Performance Results - NFL Play Smart, Play Safe

Jose Verdugo
Abril 17, 2018

Around 200 players wore helmets last season that now would be prohibited, according to Jeff Miller, the NFL's executive vice president of health and safety initiatives.

The NFL and the NFL Players Association has banned specific types of helmets for the first time in a bid to improve player safety. "It's an important step for player safety".

The banned after 2018 models included Brady's Riddell VSR-4 helmet, although the 40-year-old victor of five Super Bowls has the opportunity to test other helmets under game conditions this season also.

'The prohibited helmets perform poorly in laboratory testing, have been discontinued by the manufacturer, or were produced by companies no longer manufacturing football helmets, ' read the release.

In prior seasons, NFL players could choose any helmet as long as it passed National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) certification standards.

One manufacturer of several models on the list of prohibited helmets, Rawlings, no longer manufactures football helmets. Thirty-four models were included in the study.

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A total of 10 helmet models have been banned, six immediately with another four phased out by 2019.

The decision was based on the latest annual laboratory tests used to assess helmets, from best-to-worst performing. A joint NFL and players' union investigation found there was no evidence that Brady or the team failed to follow the league's policies or procedures on concussions.

League owners agreed in March to a significant rule change that will threaten immediate ejections anytime a player lowers his helmet and initiates contact with another player.

The NFL, in collaboration with the NFLPA, through their respective appointed biomechanical experts, coordinated extensive laboratory research to evaluate which helmets best reduce head impact severity.

The NFL used Biokinetics Inc., which is an independent helmet testing lab in Canada.

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